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June 26, 2015

Two Girls and a Chicken

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Our journey has been unique. We were living in a rural village in Kenya, Africa. My husband is a nurse and was offering the village some medical services. An elderly grandmother brought Kenzy several times for treatment. We had given her baby formula, porridge, and medicine. However she seemed to be getting worse. After several visits my husband told the grandmother that we were willing to keep Kenzy in our home for two weeks to give her IV fluids since she was very dehydrated with a high fever. The grandmother left not only Kenzy but her twin sister Cynthia in our home. After three weeks the grandmother did not come back for the girls. My 15-year old daughter and I went to the grandmother’s mud house with the girls and an interpreter. The grandmother said that the girls were going to die with her and for us to please keep … Continue reading

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June 25, 2015

7 Ways Your Church Can Serve the Fatherless

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We talk a lot about churches serving the fatherless. Sunday School classes discuss it and entire Orphan Sundays are dedicated to the topic. But orphan care shouldn’t just be a ministry option within the church. It should be a mission of the entire body. What does it look like for the church as a whole to serve the fatherless on a regular basis? Here are 7 ideas: 1. Pray. The significance of depending on God for orphan care is that His love–and not our guilt–becomes our greatest motivation. Here at Lifesong, we are always looking for churches and individuals to join our prayer team. Would you consider praying with us? 2. Give. Did you know that one of the greatest (if not the greatest) barrier to families in your church adopting is money? Whether you can only give a little or your church can give a lot, we’d love to serve you through a no … Continue reading

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June 22, 2015

How to Empty an Orphanage

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“God bless every family who desires to adopt. It’s an amazing ministry to children!”-Slavic & Natasha, adoptive parents from Ukraine  Slavic & Natasha adopted their daughter shortly before her 13th birthday. When they arrived home, they asked her what she wanted for her birthday. Her answer? “I have the biggest gift of all. I have a mama and a papa!”  Alex & Tatiana adopted 2 boys from their local orphanage in 2009. In 2012 they adopted 3 girls with special needs. In April of this year they began the process to adopt 2 more boys.  “We totally understand the nature of the challenges ahead of us, but we need the Lord’s mercy and support of our brothers and sisters along the way. Thank you for being the hands and feet of the Lord in supporting our journey. This path is beyond our physical abilities but with God all things are possible.“  Slavic & Natasha and Alex & Tatiana … Continue reading

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June 19, 2015

When God Pays the Bills

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  Two years ago on August 11th, we were at the brink of financial crisis. We had already been through several years of a struggling business. We had depleted our three-figure savings and were trying to resolve a three figure business debt that the bank demanded be paid in full. We were ready to sell our house to get out of debt, but several hindrances delayed that option. The Word directs us to pray, so we prayed specifically for a $10,000 miracle to meet our needs and help us keep our business afloat. We weren’t prepared for the speed with which God answered that prayer. One hour later Kirk had a message on his phone that a customer who had previously decided not to hire him changed his mind and offered a check for 10% down … $10,000! During this time of financial uncertainty, we felt God calling us to … Continue reading

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June 18, 2015

My First Father’s Day as a Foster Dad

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I remember the first time I saw my girls. I had butterflies in my stomach. At first it was a picture on my Iphone. Then I remember walking into the agency and I saw them through the window blinds. The youngest had long (and I mean long!) black pigtails and sat next her birth mom quietly. The oldest was energetic and busy. We met our first two foster daughters that day in March 2012. Before we met them, we talked with their birth mother. She was concerned. She knew we didn’t have kids and thought maybe we just wanted to steal hers. She was also concerned we were the sixth home the girls were going to in less than a year. Both April and I made it clear why we were foster parents. We were there to support both her and the children. April graciously let her know that we would probably … Continue reading

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June 15, 2015

4 Truths: Men and the Cause of the Fatherless

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Father’s Day affords us the opportunity to appreciate the men in our lives and reflect on their critical role in our family and church. The post below grew out of a panel discussion facilitated by Mike Hamilton, Show Hope, and joined by Jedd Medefind, CAFO; Dennis Rainey, FamilyLife; Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and Ruslan Maliuta, World Without Orphans. Here are 4 truths: 1. We desperately need to engage men in the story. God often touches the hearts and lives of women first, and then it’s up to their husbands if they’re going to allow their partner in life to speak into their lives and prayerfully consider what they’re exhorting them to do.  Bottom line: Fatherless implies the absence and the need for men to get involved in orphan care. 2. We’ve got to correct the perception that orphan care is women’s work. God has called all of … Continue reading

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June 12, 2015

Meet 4 Families YOU Helped Adopt!

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We asked God to provide $10,000 to help meet the needs of 4 families.  God didn’t just provide $10,000. Instead, as He often does, He threw open His doors of provision and provided $12,323, with more funds still on the way. And He used YOU to do it.  Because of your astounding support, families will be much closer to bringing their children home via adoption. We can’t thank you enough for responding to the nudge of God on your heart to provide for the fatherless. Every dollar made a difference. Would you like to meet the 4 families whose adoptions YOU helped fund?  We thought so. It is only fitting to conclude with words from Ben and Amanda–   “As we wait, we are encouraged and strengthened by the support of a community…even those we don’t know personally. We can’t thank you enough for your role in helping us become a family.”   It’s … Continue reading

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